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Kingsport homicide featured on Investigation Discovery

Staff report • Oct 28, 2019 at 5:15 PM

KINGSPORT — The murder of a 65-year-old city resident will be featured during Halloween night's airing of "Home Sweet Homicide" on Investigation Discovery.

On Oct. 16 of 2011, the body of Betty Sue Short was found inside her apartment on Barnett Drive. Kingsport police say their initial assessment revealed Short was bludgeoned to death in an "extremely violent manner."

A suspect, Jonathan Lynn Slemp, was arrested more than two years later, eventually going to trial and being convicted for Short's murder.

Lt. Frank Light, now retired from the Kingsport Police Department, and Sgt. Randy Murray worked as lead detectives on the case, conducting nearly 100 interviews across four states.

The pair worked with producers of “Home Sweet Homicide” as they prepared the episode on Short's murder. A synopsis on the Investigation Discovery website reads, "When police discover Betty Sue Short murdered in her home, they notice disturbing similarities with another recent killing in the community of Kingsport, Tennessee."

Shortly after conviction in the Short murder, Slemp also pleaded guilty to the November 2010 stabbing death of Gary Layon Jones at a home in Colonial Heights. Slemp is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

"Home Sweet Homicide" airs on Thursday night at 10 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery Channel, Charter/Spectrum channel 75 and 126.

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